Question #1: Should Christians Expose Error?
Objection is often raisedeven by some sound in
the faith regarding the exposure of error as
being entirely negative and of no real
But the brethren who assume
this attitude forget that a large part of the
New Testament, both of the teaching of our
blessed Lord Himself and the writings of the
apostles, is made up of this very character of
ministry namely, showing the Satanic origin
and, therefore, the unsettling results of the
propagation of erroneous systems which Peter,
in his second epistle, so definitely refers to
as 'damnable heresies'.
We are called upon
to earnestly contend for the faith which was
once delivered unto the saints (Jude 3), while
we hold the truth in love. The faith means the
whole body of revealed truth, and to contend
for all of God's truth necessitates some
negative teaching. Exposing error is most
unpopular work. But from every true standpoint
it is worthwhile work. To our Savior, it means
that He receives from us, His blood-bought
ones, the loyalty that is His due.
#2: What Does Matthew 18:15-17 Mean? This is
probably one of the more misunderstood and
misapplied Scriptures quoted today. Because we
have been inappropriately taught that unity and
relationships are the most important things for
Christians to pursue and protect in the church,
the verses in Matthew 18 are often touted as
the principal directive we should follow when
addressing false teachers. But frankly, nothing
could be any further from the truth and only
ends up protecting, sustaining, and empowering
those who bring these false teachings, which is
probably why they teach it.
absolutely no biblical record of Jesus or any
of His disciples ever taking a heretic off to
the side for coffee and donuts after they led
someone astray by distorting the Word of God.
They didn't shake hands, exchange hugs, kisses,
and phone numbers or set up appointments on
their smartphones to dialog their doctrinal
differences over lunch in the quiet corner of a
favorite restaurant at a more convenient time.
No, Jesus dealt with heretics harshly,
publicly, and immediately, as did Paul and the
other disciples. God is very serious about His
Word being rightly divided and properly
Mature believers will deal
quickly with any and all false teaching when
they hear it! That is Biblical and just what
Jesus would do.